Russia This Week: ‘If Putin Sends in Troops’ (7-13 July)

July 12, 2014

Updated Daily. Refugees continue to flee armed conflict in southeastern Ukraine into Russia, but questions remain about how many of them there are, as both official and news reports differ substantially, and international relief organizations and journalists are not let into the border towns under a state of emergency. The retreat of Col. Igor Strelkov […]

Anatomy of Exaggeration: How Russian Propaganda Cites ‘UN Figures’

July 10, 2014

The exaggeration of refugee numbers persists by the Russian government and state propaganda outlets, which is unfortunate because the debate about the authenticity of the numbers and lack of access to the region by credible independent humanitarian organizations mean that those refugees who do exist are not getting sufficient attention. The Kremlin’s lead propaganda outlet […]

Russia This Week: How Many Refugees Are There from Ukraine?

July 4, 2014

Updated Daily. The Russian government’s numbers of “110,000” refugees from the armed conflict in Ukraine are clearly exaggerated, even if there are likely at least tens of thousands, but with reporters barred from the area and towns under declared states of emergency, it’s difficult to get the real story. The US government has added Chechen […]